Post-Draft Review: Chicago Bears

The Bears made a big splash in free agency by signing veteran DE Julius Peppers, but they still had four needs to fill coming into the NFL Draft.

Pre-Draft Needs: CB, S, G, DE

Players Added

Round 3-Major Wright/S - He's talented enough to push for a starting job as a rookie. Wright is known as a smart player who plays with solid discipline. The team also reacquired veteran SS Chris Harris, so safety is no longer a need for the team.

Round 4-Corey Wootton/DE - Because he was coming off of knee surgery, Wootton  didn't play last season to the level that he played in the previous seasons. That explains why the talented defensive lineman fell in the draft. However, Wootton is a big-time talent. Because of his size and strength, Wooten is the type of player who could push for a starting job this season. The Bears might have gotten a steal here.

Round 5-Josh Moore/CB - Moore is coming off of a good season, but is coming off of a disappointing NFL Combine workout. Had he run better, Moore could have been selected as high as the third round. The physical defensive back could have a chance to win Chicago's nickel job this season. He's talented enough to push for a starting job in his second season. You can make a case that the addition of Moore reduces the need for the team to add another cornerback through free agency, so you can look at him as a possible steal based on his talent.

Round 6-Dan LeFevour/QB - The Bears could use a developmental quarterback, so the choice of LeFevour makes some sense. However, many personnel evaluators feel his lack of arm strength will prevent him from being a starter down the line in the NFL.

Round 7-J'Marcus Webb/OT - The Bears don't have very good depth at either tackle spot, but Webb is more of a candidate for the practice squad.

Post-Draft Needs

Guard - Chicago only had five draft picks to use, so they couldn't address every need. Personnel evaluators continue to say that the area where their offensive line must be upgraded is at guard. Depth is also an issue.


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